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Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part V: Jin (仁) “Humanity is our Virtue”

This is Part V in a series about two very important texts in the kyudo world: the “Raiki-Shagi” and the “Shaho-Kun.” This series is based on information gleaned from the book “Michi no Yumi” (“道の弓”) written by Iwao Matsui Sensei. It’s been a while since the last post in this series, for a lot of… Continue reading Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part V: Jin (仁) “Humanity is our Virtue”

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Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part IV: Source of the Raiki-Shagi, the “Book of Rites”

This is Part IV in a series about two very important texts in the kyudo world: the “Raiki-Shagi” and the “Shaho-Kun.” This series is based on information gleaned from the book “Michi no Yumi” (“道の弓”) written by Iwao Matsui Sensei. In this post I will talk about invaluable background information on the Raiki-Shagi, a little… Continue reading Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part IV: Source of the Raiki-Shagi, the “Book of Rites”

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Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part III: Raiki Shagi and Rei (礼)

This is part III in a series about two very important texts in the kyudo world: the “Raiki-Shagi” and the “Shaho-Kun.” This series is based on information gleaned from the book “Michi no Yumi” (“道の弓”) written by Iwao Matsui Sensei. In this post I’d like to talk specifically about the history of the Raiki-Shagi and… Continue reading Deeper Understanding of the Shaho-Kun and Raiki-Shagi Part III: Raiki Shagi and Rei (礼)

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The Power of Faith in Kyudo

Strength, intelligence, and faith, are each very important qualities to have as an archer on the path of kyudo. But which is the most important? For each way of shooting there is a different way of looking at this. For each archer there is a different way of shooting. So what I’m trying to say… Continue reading The Power of Faith in Kyudo

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Part II: The Real “Sutemi”

In the last post I talked about a word called, “sutemi” (捨て身) which translates as “throwing away the body.” In that post I talked about the “cool” sutemi, which talks about overcoming the trials of the body to achieve something greater. It’s the kind of thing you want to hear when you read about martial… Continue reading Part II: The Real “Sutemi”

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The Importance of Taihai Part II: Toriyumi Posture

Welcome to Part II of this short series investigating the importance of taihai. In the last post I talked about what taihai is, and here I would like to talk about the importance of the toriyumi posture on taihai. Just to review, taihai are basically all the movements we perform in the shooting area before,… Continue reading The Importance of Taihai Part II: Toriyumi Posture

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The Importance of Taihai Part I: What is Taihai?

In this series of posts I want to talk about why taihai is so important to kyudo. On the one hand it’s one of the most basic aspects of kyudo, and yet on the other it’s one aspect that is mostly ignored. Great taihai is what separates good from great archers, and it’s also what… Continue reading The Importance of Taihai Part I: What is Taihai?